Part of the 2019 Spring WV International Film Festival!

About this Film:

Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, RAFIKI is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. Kena and Ziki have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives” – but they yearn for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls encourage each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, Kena and Ziki must choose between happiness and safety.

What the critics are saying:

The film is sharp at rendering the hesitancy of their flirtation, as well as the forces – parental expectations, religion, an ever-watchful gossip – arrayed against them.

Ben Kenigsberg

New York Times

A lyrical ode to finding a kindred spirit amidst an uncaring majority.

Odie Henderson

From its opening frames, Rafiki is bursting with life.
Katie Rife

AV Club